Diana Ross

Diana Ross Biography

SECOND only to the Beatles in sixties record sales, the Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard, later replaced by Cindy Birdsong) were America's greatest "girl" group. The girls grew up in a Detroit housing project and were guided to superstardom by Motown's Berry Gordy. The sinuous, scintillating Ross soon took center stage and the group's name was changed to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Ross went solo in 1970, and made the charts with Ashford and Simpson's sappy "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." She then scored a No. 1 hit with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Her emotional ballads ("Touch Me in the Morning") and disco hits ("Love Hangover") continued to chart throughout the seventies.

Ross followed her Oscar-nominated 1972 acting debut as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues with the critically panned Mahogany and The Wiz. Her private life also took a beating: her five-year marriage to a nice Jewish guy in the real estate business ended in divorce in 1976, and she moved with their three daughters to New York's Central Park West. She rebounded in 1979 when her new album, The Boss, went gold, and she continued her streak with 1980's Diana, which went platinum; it also produced three Top 10 singles. In 1985, the pop diva married Norwegian millionaire Arne Naess. She hit the charts again, in 1991, with The Force Behind the Power. In 1994, she starred in Out of Darkness, a movie of the week on ABC in which she played a schizophrenic who is repeatedly institutionalized.

Diana Ross Bio from Discogs

Born March 26, 1944, Detroit.

American vocalist, producer, and occasional actress. Working within groups early on in her musical career, she is equally known as an artist in her own right, and has released music in many genres; R&B, soul, disco, and jazz. Initial success came as lead singer of The Supremes.

Sister to Motown songwriter Arthur Ross.

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